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March 3, 2010

At A Glance

UI center receives $4.7 million grant to improve rural health

Researchers with the University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health have received a five-year, $4.7 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve the health of rural communities in Iowa and the Midwest.

The center, based in the UI College of Public Health, conducts community-based research on nutrition, physical activity and aging.

Faryle Nothwehr, UI associate professor of community and behavioral health, serves as the center's director and principal investigator. Kathleen Janz, UI professor of health and sport studies, and Linda Snetselaar, UI professor of epidemiology, are the center's associate directors.

The UI center is part of a national network of more than 35 Prevention Research Centers funded by the CDC.


Laboratory at UI receives gift to advance cancer diagnostics and treatments

The Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank (DSHB) centered at the University of Iowa recently received a $100,000 gift from Mercy Health Systems of Des Moines and its CEO Dave Vellinga to advance a collaborative program in applying hybridoma technologies to the development of new diagnostics and treatments of major cancers.

The collaboration will hopefully grow into a larger program or institute at Iowa that will tap into the unique techniques and resources of the DSHB, said David Soll, DSHB director and Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver/Emil Witschi Professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biology.

The DSHB is a national resource initiated under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health Institute of Child Health and Human Development and is housed in the UI Department of Biology.

The DSHB, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute's Clinical Proteomic Technologies for Cancer Initiative, is the exclusive bank and worldwide distributor of proteins produced by the National Cancer Institute. The proteins -- called monoclonal antibodies and produced by hybridomas -- are used to study, diagnose and treat cancer.


UI Press publishes 25th-anniversary edition of Iowa Short Fiction winner Boswell

The University of Iowa Press is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Robert Boswell's "Dancing in the Movies," winner of the 1985 Iowa Short Fiction Award, with a new paperback edition.

The book is available at bookstores or from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

Encompassing a vast gamut of personalities, situations and emotions, the stories in "Dancing with Movies" penetrate motives for doing, or not doing, what is right. Often there is no right or wrong and the characters' motives for the choices they make are as diverse as the childhood memories they cherish and abhor.

The book helped launch a distinguished literary career that produced six novels, three short-story collections, a play, a cyberpunk novel and two nonfiction books. Boswell has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting and the Evil Companions Award. He teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers.


Memorial service for former nursing dean Aydelotte is March 7

The University of Iowa College of Nursing will hold a memorial service for former Dean Myrtle Kitchell "Kitch" Aydelotte at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in the fourth floor assembly hall at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

Aydelotte was the college's founding dean and served from 1949 to 1957. She also served as director of nursing at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Aydelotte died Jan. 7 at age 92.

Representatives of UI Hospitals and Clinics and the College of Nursing will make remarks. Refreshments will follow.

Learn more about Aydelotte in a memorial story at


UI University and Concert Bands will perform March 8

The University and Concert Bands of the University of Iowa School of Music will share a free concert, led by faculty member Kevin Kastens and student conductors, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

The Concert Band will perform "Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice" by Ron Nelson, "Elegy" by John Barnes Chance, the "William Byrd Suite" by Gordon Jacob, "A Movement for Rosa" by Mark Camphouse and "Hosts of Freedom" by Karl L. King.

The University Band will perform King's "Circus Days," an arrangement of the Prelude and Fugue in D Minor by J.S. Bach, a medley from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," "Perthshire Majesty" by Samuel Hazo and "Satiric Dances" by Norman Dello Joio.

Two of the concert wind ensembles in the UI Band Department, the University and Concert Bands are open to UI students. They share the program for a concert at least once each semester.

For more information on UI bands visit their Web page Kastens' bio is available at


UI to offer bachelor's degree in social work at Des Moines campus

Starting this fall, the University of Iowa School of Social Work will offer a bachelor's degree in social work at its Des Moines campus.

The effort is a partnership with Des Moines Area Community College. Students who have an associate's degree from DMACC or who have completed two years of transferable courses at a four-year college can apply. The application deadline for fall admission is April 1.

Students in the two-year program will enroll in an average of two courses per semester. More information is available on the UI Division of Continuing Education Web site,

Informational meetings will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in the DMACC Urban Campus student commons and from 4 to 5 p.m. March 9 and 23 in Room 128 of the UI John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines.

Ed Saunders, who directs the School of Social Work in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the program demonstrates a commitment to serve the entire state and addresses a need for more trained social workers in Iowa. The UI has offered a master's in social work in Des Moines for more than 40 years.


Gilbert presents opera talk on 'Hamlet' March 9

Miriam Gilbert, professor of English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will present an introductory talk on Ambroise Thomas' "Hamlet" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Room 2520D on the second floor of the University Capitol Centre on the University of Iowa campus.

The event, which is sponsored by the UI Opera Studies Forum, part of International Programs at the UI, is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the adjacent municipal ramp at 75 cents per hour.

This talk is specifically designed to prepare audiences for the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theater transmission of the opera at noon Saturday, March 27, at Sycamore Theatres in Iowa City.

The UI Opera Studies Forum was established to provide opportunities to explore opera and related genres from interdisciplinary perspectives. The forum's purpose is to bring together scholars, practitioners and members of the public who have special expertise or interest in opera to share their views on various issues associated with research and performance of operatic works. For more information, visit

For more information on the talk, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862 or


Transportation issues discussed March 10 at Policy Matters forum

At the next Policy Matters forum March 10 at the University of Iowa, a panel of transportation experts will examine the challenges of transportation planning, including urban and regional planning policies, regulation of multiple modes of transit and sustainable consumption of precious resources.

The forum presented by the UI Public Policy Center and the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at the Shambaugh Auditorium at the UI Main Library.

Panelists include session chair Paul Hanley, UI associate professor of urban and regional Planning; John Fuller, UI professor of urban and regional planning; and Stuart Anderson director of the Office of Systems Planning at the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The discussion is part of the Public Policy Center's free weekly lecture series, Policy Matters: Scholarly and Practical Perspectives on Contemporary Problems. For more information about the series, see


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